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Dallas Cowboys: Who Exactly is Demarcus Lawrence?

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If you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan, but haven’t heard the name Demarcus Lawrence yet, then it’s just a matter of time.

The Cowboys traded up to the top of the second round in order to make sure that they locked up the pick of Lawrence, and it was a move that many scrutinized, but others said had to be done. It’s unlikely that Lawrence, with the upside that he has, would have fallen to Dallas in the second round, which is why the trade had to happen.

So who exactly is this guy from Boise State? Well, he’s the guy that you’re likely going to be “ooh-ing” and “aah-ing” over starting in the 2014 NFL season. If you think I’m hyping him up and putting a lot of pressure on this second-round pick, well, you’re pretty much spot-on with that opinion.

Dallas needed a defensive end, so they went and handled business. It was released from multiple reports that Lawrence was the third-ranked pass rusher in this class behind Jadeveon Clowney and Anthony Barr, who were both top 10 picks.

Lawrence is 6-foot-3 and 251 pounds, which is considered a little bit short for a 4-3 defensive end, but it’s not a concern. The reason for this is because he has long arms, allowing him to beat the blockers in front of him and get to the quarterback. In fact, Lawrence comes in with 33.75-inch arms, which is incredibly long for someone of his height.

Now, all of that is irrelevant if you don’t produce, which Lawrence did in a big way. He had 20 sacks and 34 tackles-for-loss over a two season span. Just as expected, he got better from 2012 to 2013, which is a great sign moving forward. He’s also just 21 years old, which is beautiful because his bright future is going to be shining in Dallas for years and years to come.

If you want a “Man Crush Monday” for those of you who use Instagram, then this is my man. He’s got so much upside, he’s oozing with talent, and when the Cowboys drafted him I was literally prepared to buy the jersey at that moment. I think the Cowboys nailed this one, hit it out of the park, and brought in a player who will not only have an immediate impact, but will get fans excited about this defense. Get excited, Cowboys fans.

Jeff Smith is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSM8ith, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.